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Annual Youth Winter Retreat: Peacemakers: The Green Theme 

WHEN: January 15-18, 2010 

For all Youth ages 6th grade through 12th grade in 

the Southern and the Southeast Conferences of the 
United Church of Christ - we invite you to 
REGISTER for this amazing event! 

Last year at the Annual Winter Youth Retreat at the 
Blowing Rock Conference Center 150 youth and adults 
from the Southern and Southeast Conferences 
gathered together to take a close look at the meaning 
of violence in the form of poverty and hunger and to 
understand how we as individuals and communities 
participate in creating and healing poverty and 

Violence still lurks... so the conversation continues. This year we continue our 
theme of violence and this year we are exploring violence as it demeans our world 
and uses up our natural resources. 

Come join youth from the Southern and Southeast Conferences of the United 
Church of Christ as we continue to understand how to be peacemakers. 
Peacemakers: The Green Theme will focus on our daily consumption practices 
that consume, spend and care for our earth and our God given resources. 
Together as a community of Christ we will explore the ways in which we can be 
instruments of God's peace in our own communities. 

This Winter Retreat is a perfect opportunity for youth groups to bond, to meet 
UCC youth from other churches and other states and to have a day of fun in the 
snow. This retreat is designed for youth to stretch their spiritual muscles and to 
have fun meeting new friends and learning from other youth. The weekend will 
provide opportunity for creating new friendships, enjoying the snow, getting 
some exercise, eating fabulous food, spiritual growth and life changing 
conversation. The Rev. Da Vita D. McCallister will be our session leader and will 
facilitate our time around being Peacemakers: The Green Theme. There is 
something here for everyone. 

Included in this packet you will find one registration form for youth and adults. 
Please make copies of these forms for every participant to complete. In order to 
register your church group, please mail back a completed form for each youth and 
adult member of your group along with your payment in full. If you have any 
questions, please feel free to contact me at or call 
me at 336-402-2897. 

CLICK HERE to download the registration form. 


Rev. Kristin Gerner Vaughn 
Blowing Rock Conference Center 
Annual Winter Youth Retreat 
Planning Committee Chair 

October 24th Board of Directors Meeting Summary 

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continued commitment to maintain program and staffing at current levels. 

• Cameron Trimble reported on the development of a Center for 
Progressive Renewal to be located in the Conference offices in which the 
Southeast Conference is a partner. 

• Chris Waldron was called by the Board to serve as the new church 
developer for Praxis UCC, a new church start in Atlanta. 

• The Board reviewed the plans for a rebuilding of the conference web site to 
be completed by December 31st, and continued development of the 
Leaders' Link as a primary communication tool. 

• Kathy Clark reported on the continued expansion of the TAP program, as 
well as a transition in her work to equip people for ministry more broadly 
understood than simply the TAP program. She also reported on progress in 
bringing TAP more fully on line. 

• Tim reported on the upcoming changes in staff and job descriptions as well 
as other developments in information technologies for the Conference. 

• We continue to cultivate churches seeking affiliation in the Atlanta area and 

• The 2010 Annual Meeting of the Conference will be hosted by 
Church of the Savior UCC in Knoxville, TN. 

• Bette Thomas reported on the UCC Southern Region Conference 
Ministers and Leaders meeting in Tampa, September 14th. She noted that 
there was not much in the way of constructive ways for conferences to 
engage, but that as a first step it was good to get acquainted with the issues 
and leadership of other conferences. 

• The Board voted to endorse the participation of the Conference as a partner 
in the Center for Progressive Renewal, which will be housed in the 
Conference offices in Atlanta. 

Organization of the Southeast Conference History Project 

Michael Stroud of United Church UCC, Huntsville is currently doing 
extensive research into the history of the Southeast Conference in preparation for 
writing a history of the Conference to be published in time for the celebration of 
the 50th anniversary of the Conference in 2016. He has asked the Board of 
Directors to organize a History Project Task Force of people who have an interest 
in the history of the UCC and its predecessor bodies in the South. Please contact 
Tim Downs at if you would like to be considered for 
nomination to the Task Force. 

Annual Report of Christian Hospital 
Mungeli 2008-2009 

Dr. Anil Henry is a missionary partner with the 
I Southeast Conference, UCC. We are pleased to 
present his update report. 

CLICK HERE to read the entire report. 

Out-patient Services: The numbers in the 
h - outpatient just keep on going. I think it has to do 

with the fact that we are in India where the 

Population is also growing each day. But also there 

may be other factors involved. 

Our wild life in the OPD region has increased as 
from the already added aquariums that were fascinating for the village children; 
we now have a large aviary that the Atlanta group inaugurated this winter. There 
are about 60 birds in it and it is right in-front of the Operation theatre and a great 
joy for everyone to see. There is also a second water fall that is designed and full 
of colourful fish, nothing close to waht people of this have experienced. 
Our skill with the gastroscope has surely increased as we are now performing 
more scelrotherapies for bleeding and elective varices. The scope has also been of 
great use in working with cases of tracheal stenosis and even pulling out a foreign 
body. We hope that we can get a bronchoscope to do that sometime which will 
make the task easier. 

In-Patient Services: We are a 80 bed hospital which has a bed occupancy of 

83.2 percent. It has been a relatively busy year with numbers of inpatients going 


It is still interesting to see that the average hospital stay of a patient is 7.27 days. 

This is because of two reasons: 1. Patients come from villages which are difficult 

to reach and so they want all the work done and sutures removed before they 

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leave. 2. The cost for staying in hospital is relatively much cheaper than any other 

setting in a city or the western world. 

We are ever so thankful to move into one of the new renovated wards and next we 

inaugurated the new surgical ICU/Recovery room, Delivery Room and Casualty. 

We now have a total of 16 ICU beds, 8 in the medical ICU, 7 in the surgical ICU 

and a isolation bed/treatment room which we have already been able to use and 

save a very sick tetanus patient. 

We also realized that the ICU facilities are highly used and so the moment we had 

the surgical ICU built, we immediately renovated the medical ICU which had 

been heavily overused for the past four years. All these areas are now 

air-conditioned and with the help of monitors for each bed, ventilators and also a 

syringe pump we feel that we are getting closer to managing the more difficult 

patients. One patient of course, was Mom who was in the ICU for about two 


We also have a new nursery which has eight beds and this too is a great service as 

there is nothing like it anywhere around. 

We are now almost finished with redoing and renovating the ground floor of the 

ward. This was the only space that was accessible to me when I joined here six 

years ago. After this, we will be working on the first floor with new flooring and 

tiles on the wall to make things look good and clean. 

CLICK HERE to read the entire report. 

Georgia-South Carolina Association In Care Committee Meets 
October 31 

The Georgia-South Carolina In Care Committee met October 31st and in addition 
to hearing updates from each of the students in care, acted to recommend the 
renewal of the in care status of the following people: Charmaine Johnson, 
Victory Church, Stone Mountain, Leslie Raymer, Virginia-Highland 
Church, Atlanta, John and Rebecca Shillingburg, Church of the Savior, 
Roswell, Michelle Calderon, Central Congregational UCC, Atlanta, 
Ronnie Galvin and Terri Lawrence of First Congregational UCC, 
Atlanta, Carolyn Hayford, and Elizabeth Lorick of Circular 
Congregational UCC, Charleston, and Karen Mann and David Sigmund 
of Kirkwood UCC, Atlanta. 

Further, they are recommending that student in care status be limited to no more 
than five years until a person appears before an ecclesiastical council, and that if 
they are found to be ordainable pending a call, they can continue for up to three 
more years. After that they would need to request a renewal of their status. 

East Alabama- West Georgia Association Holds Annual Meeting 
October 10th 

HThe East Alabama-West Georgia Association 
held its Annual Meeting October 10th at Oak Grove 
Congregational Christian Church in Pine 
Mountain, GA. Associate Conference Minister Kathy 
Clark introduced the new direction to authorizing 
ministry in the United Church of Christ, Multiple Paths 
to Ministry. The associate renewed the licenses for 
ministry of Rip Hardman, Hugh Hogan and Jim Johnson. Don 
Harmon, of Lanett Congregational Christian Church continues as 
moderator and treasurer of the association, Betty Moon of Sandy Creek UCC, 
as secretary. Committee chairs remained unchanged. 

Posted on November 23, 2009 

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